Fairyhouse Racecourse Guide

With the first recorded race taking place at Fairyhouse in 1848, it is fair to say that the track is one of the stalwarts of Irish Jump Racing, playing host to the Irish Grand National each year since 1870. Notable winners of the race include Desert Orchid who carried top weight to victory in 1990. It also has flat racing through the calendar and it has a sole Group 3 race on its July card, but without doubt, it is known as a national hunt course.

The county Meath track is situated in the countryside only 23kms from Dublin and Bus Eireann provide a special bus service that runs from the capital to the course on race days. Fairyhouse is known for its jumping festival’s, most notably its 3-day Easter weekend festival, as well as its winter festival in December, which contains 3 Group 1 contests and attracts a host of stars from both sides of the Irish Sea to the course.


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Ticket Prices

Ticket prices vary in accordance with the type of meeting, as follows:

  • Regular meeting: Adults €15, Students €10, Children under 18 are free
  • Festival meeting: Adults €20, Students €13, Children under 18 are free

The Course

A wide, square shaped, galloping, right handed track - a circuit of the Fairyhouse track is 1m 6f in length and features 11 fences to a circuit with a 2 furlong run in. There is a steadily rising hill from the end of the stand to the entrance to the back straight, followed by a descent throughout the back section of the course. The 3 furlong home straight is slightly uphill but it is not a particularly testing track, and does not strongly favour any specific type of horse.

The fences on the chase course are noted as some of the stiffest in the business and you don't want to arrive at the course with an unsure novice, as they are sure to be caught out by the placement of a couple of the obstacles in the back straight.

As a flat track, it is very fair with no particular draw bias, because of the level nature of the track. It can favour horses who race prominently, especially over distances of up to 1m, as there is a constant turn in the course and the horses tend to race tight to the rail.

Major Meetings at Fairyhouse

Fairyhouse is a mixed card track that hosts 20 meetings over the course of the year - the most notable of which is without doubt the Grand National meeting held over 3 days on the Easter Weekend culminating with the Grand National itself on Easter Monday. It also holds a well-regarded card at Christmas with three Grade 1 contests.

Dining and Hospitality

Fairyhouse has a number of rooms allowing clients to entertain 50 to over 300 guests. Some of the private rooms in Fairyhouse also interconnect offering facilities for up to 1,000. All rooms include Tote and Bar facilities and TVs showing the day’s racing. Group bookings start at €45 per person.

For single patrons, you can avail of the self service restaurant providing both hot meals and healthy snacks on course or the Bobbyjo Bistro located at the back of the main stand.